3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Had at the brewery in Newport, June 2003. Murky pale red hue with little head. Apple and apricot aroma. Thick syrup feel. Very impressive sweetness and dryness togethor. Nice hop bitter finish. Hugely dry palate. Flavors are quite mild for a strong ale, with a slight blandness present; this is the only negative thing about this ale.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No idea when this was brewed, but this 12 oz. bottle was purchased today...Anyway, murky dark orange, slightly hazy; Small collapsing head that leaves a lace ring. Piney, citrusy aroma but with some deeper ripe plum and pear notes. Nice bitterness but a stemmy/green flavor rests in mid palate, not intense but enough to knock the balance off a little...too much greeen vegetal matter in the brew kettle for too long. Nice deep fruit and hop bitter finish, off dry. Pretty good barleywine American style.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Bottle:Hazy,chestnut. Medium head,with with heavy carbonation. Very,hoppy aroma(pine,citrus).After sitting awhile,toffee,german-malt aromas arise. Mouthfeel is sharp,but smoothes out by mid-bottle.Big body with decent malt flavors,and a big bitterness before the finish.Finish is semi-sweet with very big leafy,sappy hop notes.Not as malty as the Redux,and MUCH more hoppier.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of floral hops, clean and light nose. Pale amber/orange body, a thin clingy head. Hintas of citrus run throughout. Intense floral/citrus and resinous/piney flavors all over. Some dry barley on the finish among the alcohol. cleans up very well, and has great balance. A solid brew for sure.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 Deep amber in color rocky head, nice lacing. What an aroma, pine, malt and apples. Wow what a great beer I can taste a bit of pine similar to that in a mango, rich malt flavors, a bit of apple pie. Flavor overload, can no longer describe but hops also abound. Hey this is a Belgian isn’t it? If you can find this stuff get it if you like an ultra flavorful beer this is a great one. Re-rate just had one on tap. Less of a malt profile still a very good beer but no longer a 4.9. Go with the bottle if you have a choice
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Had this on tap at the Rogue house in Portland (I was rather surprised to see it actually). Very nice hop presence: strong hints of freshly cut grass and juniper. There is also a nice malt presence that coats the palate thouroughly, although the bitter cloying gets to be a bit much after a while. I had only a 4 oz. taster of this, but an entire pint would really do a number on the senses and there's something to be said for lasting power.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very bitter, but not like an ipa at all. Lots of wooden/oaky tastes in the palate. Not too malty or complex, but a decent beer no less.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
extreme citrus hop aroma, dark orange cloudiness, fruity hops meld into an alcohol sweetness, big time bitters but they take a back seat, an awesome score at the brewery!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 re-rate: draught...nice looking, dark chestnut & frosty looking..covered by solid tan froth. It has a mature IPA aroma showcasing the dry apricot and other fruit notes of the malts and the refined resiney character of the hops. Thick mouthfeel with a refined combination of hops and malts showing superior bitterness as well as delicious dried fruit notes. This is a big beer, and quite tasty IMO.
TAR (2552) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 Rocky foam, which leaves nice lacework, abounds the pure deep copper liquid. Intense round pine cone aroma with loads of sappiness and underlying notes of butter, jammy malts, spice cake, concord grape, and coconut. This tells me right away that this will be soft and chewy. Amazing initial flavors of piney goodness, numbing to the palate, followed by mint leaf and dryness. The finish is hop, orange rind heavy with a notable emphasis on the Crystal malt, as well. Hop burps are immense! The texture and feel uncannily resemble raw mint leaf; dry and vaporous. I had the expectation for this to be this good. This ingeniusly keeps within the boundaries of a Barleywine and Imperial IPA. My new favorite American Strong Ale. Bring this back, Mr. Maier.